Quinton McCracken

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Quinton Antoine McCracken

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Quinton McCracken made two baserunning errors in one play during the Colorado Rockies' first ever interleague game on June 12, 1997. Playing the Seattle Mariners in the Kingdome, McCracken came to bat in the top of the 8th inning with Harvey Pulliam on second base and Walt Weiss on first with one out. McCracken laced a line drive base hit sharply to left field, driving in Pulliam; Weiss advanced to second base. McCracken was unaware that Weiss had stopped at second and tried to take the base himself, forcing Weiss to try to advance to third, which got him caught in a rundown. Weiss was tagged out by shortstop Brent Gates, and McCracken wandered off second base because he thought there were three outs. Centerfielder Ken Griffey Jr. took notice and began trotting in from center, and just before he jogged past McCracken, Gates tossed Junior the ball, who tagged McCracken out to complete a highly unusual 7-2-4-6-8 double play. It was an overall bizarre game which the Rockies lost, 12-11.

McCracken was hired to be the Assistant Director of Player Development by the Arizona Diamondbacks on October 22, 2010 and stayed in that role for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. He joined the Houston Astros on October 19, 2012 as their Director of Player Development. On October 20, 2015, the Astros promoted him to Director of Player Personnel. He left the Astros on August 25, 2017 by mutual agreement as the Astros instituted a series of front office changes. For the 2018 season McCracken joined the Miami Marlins as their minor league outfield/baserunning coordinator. McCracken became the third coach in 2019 for the Durham Bulls as well as their outfield/baserunning instructor. He was scheduled to return in 2020 before the season was cancelled due to Covid-19.

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